Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, Sheldon Lavin, has been in the meat industry for nearly fifty years, steadily ascending to the forefront of the business. Although today Sheldon Lavin recognized as one of the premier figures in the meat industry, his rise has been a long process; one that saw him beginning in an entirely different industry. Mr. Lavin began his start in the business world as a very successful investor executive, thriving in the banking industry. While holding an executive position in the banking world, he was also the head of his own financial consultant firm. It is accurate to say that Mr. Lavin began his foray into the meat industry as an outsider, but he would eventually take OSI Group from a small meat supplier to a major meat supplier for McDonald’s Corporation as well as other worldwide corporations.
OSI Group currently employs nearly 20,000 people across the world, many of which have been longtime employees, serving the company for 10 years or more. Many credit OSI Group’s high rates of employee retention to Mr. Lavin’s family oriented environment in the workplace. Keeping a close-knit working relationship with his nearly 20,000 employees have helped to keep a strong sense of morale within the workplace while taking OSI Group to heights never imaginable before his participation with the company. In 1970, while attempting to secure funding for Otto and Son’s, which would later become OSI Group, Mr. Lavin was asked by the bank to stay on as a partner in order improve company relations. The deal with Otto and Son’s would allow them to become the major meat supplier in the Midwest for McDonald’s Corporation. Mr. Lavin was hesitant to become a partner initially but agreed to take a consulting position for the company, with the option to become a partner at a later date, all with the same advantages as the Otto family. By the end of the 1970’s, at the behest of McDonald’s Corporation, Mr. Lavin became a full-time partner within Otto and Son’s, and would soon transform it into the OSI Group that we see today.
About Sheldon Lavin: www.theofficialboard.com/biography/sheldon-lavin-d4824